If you’ve read our past posts about ticks, you may have noticed that we have not yet fully tackled about ticks on cats. Because of that, we have decided to write this article on natural remedies for ticks on cats. If you have a pet cat, you may have noticed how these cute little creatures want to stay clean all the time. They are very sanitary, and rarely you will see a cat with stained fur. If you have a cat, we understand that you want to ensure your pet’s health. Cretins such as fleas and ticks are not just bad news for pet owners and their pets, but can also become a great health threat. This is why, it’s very important to deal with these menace in an efficient and safe way possible. For a small group of pet owners, chemical based products are the best remedies against tick infestations. But, truth be told a larger portion of pet owners stay with natural tick remedies. If you are a new cat owner and you’ve noticed that your cat is infested with ticks, the tips below can definitely assist you.
Natural Remedies For Tick Infestation on Cats
For the benefit of first time visitors, let me just describe what ticks are and what they do on your pets. This description is from a previous blog post, posted on this site entitled “The Difference Between Ticks and Fleas”
Ticks are like spiders, they are of the arachnid family which are eight legged. In estimate there are at least 900 tick known species. There are three life cycles ticks complete, these are larval, nymphal, and adult. The lifespan of ticks can range from one year up to three years if their living conditions is ideal. Ticks feed from the time they hatch from their eggs until they die. These include the larva, nymphs and adults.
To learn more you can read the full article here. Now, on with our topic. The tips below can be used in combination of the methods outlined below. If you feel unsure about any of the methods, please contact your pet’s veterinarian for more information.
1. One of the best way to naturally kill ticks is to remove them one by one from your pets skin. To safely perform this method, you will have to use a pair of glove, a bottle container with lid, alcohol and a pair of tweezers. Follow the illustration below as described to ensure that you remove the ticks head from your pet’s skin. Ensure that you remove the tick’s head, if not the area may swell and become infected. If you plan to do this method until all your pet’s ticks are removed, you must do this every other day to ensure that all adult ticks are removed. Do not forget to give your pet a bath using a naturally made shampoo and soap that eliminates ticks. These shampoos may contain ingredients like Castor oil, Thyme oil or Clove oil. Make sure that your pet is not allergic to any of these.
2. Another way to kill ticks on your cat is the addition of garlic on your pet’s diet. Garlic is known to produce sulfur which ticks hate ( a lot). You must consider somethings though. Too much garlic on your pet’s diet can cause anemia, so ensure that you consult your pet’s veterinarian first before employing this method.
3. Clean the areas which your pet frequents. This is extremely important to get rid of the tick eggs that were removed from your pet’s skin when it scratch. Vacuum these area regularly. You can also use natural products to clean your pets beddings and cushion.
Things to Consider about Natural Remedies for Ticks
The natural remedies mentioned above are only effective if you employ them regularly. If not, all your efforts may just go down the drain, leaving you with a worst tick infestation. To ensure your pet’s safety and your family’s as well, consult your pet’s veterinarian and ask for his or her opinion. If you feel that the methods you employ are not enough you can combine these natural treatments with proven safe and effective chemical remedies.